Respected economist Robert Albritton argues that the capitalist system, far from delivering on the promise of cheap, nutritious food for all, has created a world where 25 percent of the world population are over-fed and 25 percent are hungry. This malnourishment of half of the world’s population is explained systematically, a refreshing change from accounts that focus on cultural factors and individual greed. Albritton details the economic relations and connections that have put us in a situation of simultaneous oversupply and undersupply of food. This explosive book provides yet more evidence that the human cost of capitalism is much bigger than those in power will admit.

Marx understood the dynamics of the current food crisis over a century ago. Robert Albritton has written a fine primer, bridging the best thinking of the nineteenth century to the urgent needs of the twenty-first.

Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved

Subject Political Science/Public Policy/Economic Policy
Published April 2009
Price $21.95 CDN
Pages 260 pp (Paper)
Dimensions 5.3″ × 8.46″ × 0.75″
ISBN-10 1-894037-38-3
ISBN-13 978-1894037-38-9

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  • Daniel Serge, in New Socialist writes:

    Let Them Eat Junk stands high above the current crop of food politics books. It identifies capitalism and how it structures every aspect of food production and consumption: for that it’s worth a hundred 100 Mile Diets.

  • Philip Damon, in writes:

    Coming to it as someone who is fairly knowledgeable about the crisis due to the globalization of food, I was amazed to find nothing not here that I already knew-and a whole lot more that I didn’t.


About the Author

Robert Albritton is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada. His recent publications include Economics Transformed.